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“Beautiful on the outside, miserable in the side”

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The Farm at San Benito
Ranked #1 of 7 Hotels in Lipa City
Certificate of Excellence
Hong Kong
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3 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
“Beautiful on the outside, miserable in the side”
Reviewed 15 October 2006

Originally intended to stay for 11 days/9 nights, I cut it down to 5 days/ 4 nights because I could no longer stand the food and accommodation. I was booked at the worst possible room they had, Sulu Terrace No 9 which is an airconditioned nipa hut with toilet facilities outside the hut. It was dreadful. The rectangular-shaped hut, due to poor verntilation smelled of mold and the the two twin beds were so cramped up, one could hardly pass through. The pillow cases were so torn and worn out, I asked housekeeping to replace them.

Toilet and shower was outside the nipa hut and it was so small and narrow, a large person would not be able to pass through it. Toilet could only be locked by a padlock outside, so if you are in a hurry to use it, it's best to leave it open. Again the ventilation was a problem and there were large ants going on the shower mat.

The gardens are beautiful but at night, the entire property including the dining room is so poorly lit that one had difficulty walking around even with a flashlight. They were economizing so much with the electricity one thought there was always a power failure because I could barely even see the food I was eating during dinner time.

Food is tolerable for one meal but not for 3 meals a day for 4 days. It made me positively sick to have everything in my mouth tasting of coconut oil which was a main preservative ingredient.

Chef imported from Germany prepared predominantly raw foods and sometimes the combination was diabolical. Like this squash barbecue on skewer and chili tomato soup that I had for dinner that caused me indigestion, I hardly slept that night and the next day I kept burping because I could still feel the chilis and tomatoes on my throat. Because the food is vegetarian and mostly raw, he tried to embellish the food with spices like curry, chili and barbecue that was difficult to digest since food wasn't properly cooked. The desert that he prepared ie mangoes with lime sorbet was laughable. I tried to look for my sorbet and held my torch up to see that the sorbet portion was the size of thymbnail!

Medical Clinic - had a live blood cell analysis done and the MD convinced me that pure virgin coconut oil (which they manufacture and sell within the property) was actually good for me. The only visible effects I could see was I got diarhrea the following day and the taste of coconut oil permeating on my mouth for the rest of my stay.

  • Liked — beautiful landscaped gardens and view of Mt Makiling
  • Disliked — Sulu Terrace Nipa Hut No 9
  • Tips/Secrets — one day trip should be sufficient
  • Stayed September 2006, travelled solo
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Reviewed 30 November 2005

Probably the best looking facility/hotel ive been to in the country. Great place for couples, and people who enjoys a highend spa and a beautiful bali-inspired garden. Also great for those health conscious and those who want to detox and eat healthy. The price is pretty reasonable if you earn dollars.
I spent a night in the Palmera suite with a friend... very nicely done, no bathtub but had a nice rainfall shower stall in semi-open air. BTW...there is NO TV in the rooms, i dont remember a radio/stereo either. So, if you have kids...they better like nature coz' nintendo wont be around to entertain them.
The sulu terrace huts looks interesting but i didnt like the idea of sleeping in the 2nd floor, and going down (outside the hut) to the 1st floor to use the bathroom.
The restaurant (the only one) serves only vegetarian meals...dont know if its vegan too.. ( i think) and it is semi raw or not cooked all the way. (like soup will be luke warm).. im sure this is healthy and all, but im not exactly a health buff..and felt they should at least have some variety.....so, i had a driver fetch me some fried chicken in a nearby town. So, again..if you have kids, no McDonalds for them! plus, the meal cost about $20...and i didnt get full.
Aside from this, there were 2 pools..an infinity pool and a waterfall by the cliffrocks pool.....both awesome. The spa and service is top notch...i had the java package and was amazed at how good it was.
The garden and ponds are well kept...a great place to meditate, and relax and take a good stroll. yoga is also offered and the spa service is complete with different kinds of massages and treatments.
the location of this place is in the middle of nowhere.. so, dont expect any nightlife or a near by town you can visit... if you go here...you will be staying inside the compound...and that's pretty much it. You better have a lot to meditate about and pack the mosquito repellant too.
Overall, if you come to the farm knowing all that i have mentioned... then this is heaven on earth. I enjoyed my stay despite the above...and would love to return.

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  • Stayed January 2004
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Reviewed 4 August 2005

This alternative health resort and spa is a place that everyone must go and see! It is not just the optimal place to go to for some serious rest and relaxation, but it's the best place to learn about the functions of your body and what you can do to take complete charge of your own health. Their detoxification program is one of the best, and i will recommed it to everyone.

  • Stayed June 2005
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Property: The Farm at San Benito
Address: 119 Barangay Tipakan, Lipa City, Luzon 4217, Philippines
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Region: Philippines > Luzon > Calabarzon Region > Batangas Province > Lipa City
Amenities:
Beverage Selection Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 7 Hotels in Lipa City
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:5 star — The Farm at San Benito 5*
Number of rooms: 33
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Nestled within the Philippines’ Batangas hinterland, The Farm is likened to health nirvana. Choose between pool, garden or jungle-style accommodation before sampling our fresh, award-winning gourmet menu.Practice sunrise/sunset salutations at our lakeside amphitheatre or hit our well-equipped ‘jungle gym’. Our specialists administer complementary and integrative medical therapy within a serene environment and first-class facilities.We don’t do boot camps or subscribe to deprivation. Retreat to The Farm for nourishment and rejuvenation. ... more   less 
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